Mintex brake pad installation - VW 2000 GTI 1.8T
Directions for installing the Mintex brake pads. These pads seem to grip a little better than stock, and most importantly, they don't shed brake dust all over the wheels!! Use this faq at your own risk. No guarantees are given or implied, all standard disclaimers.... If you don't know what you are doing, take this to a professional!
- (1) Set of Mintex brake pads, available in a few flavors
- (1) Brake backing material (blue can spray type works great)
- (1) crimp connector
- (1) electrical tape and shrink tubing
- (1) 7mm Hex key (preferred on the socket variety
- Loosen your lugs, and jack up the car.
- Put the car on jack stands and remove the road wheel
- On the rear of the caliper, remove the dust covers for access to the bolts that hold the caliper in place.
- Using the 7mm hex key, loosen the bolts.
- Remove the bolts.
- Remove the spring clip (like anti-rattle clips)
- Before I remove the caliper, I like to rotate it a bit so the brake pads will squeeze the piston back.
- Remove the caliper and support it on something.
- Remove the old brake pads. You might have to tap out the one on the opposite side of the piston.
- Cut the wear indicator wires off of the other pad (only on driver's side)
- Match old pads to new ones. Spray the backing material only on the backs of the new pads (let dry for about 10 mins.
- Strip each lead of the wear sensor wire crimp them together and use shrink tubing on it. Then use lots of electrical tape. You can solder these wires together (preferred). Use a twist tie to hold the wire out of the way.
- Put the new pads into the caliper.
- Put the caliper back on, and bolt it on!
- If you were careful and didn't leave the caliper hanging by the hose, you won't have to bleed the brakes.
- Put the clip back on. It's a bit difficult, but line up the bottom part in the hole and work backwards to the top. Compare with the other side for proper "alignment"
- Put the road wheel back on, and lower the car.
- Repeat for the other side.
- BEFORE you go driving off: Make sure you press the pedal several times to make sure it's firm before you drive! When testing, go slow and make sure everything is working at low speeds. Go easy on the new brakes for about the first 200 miles. You may have reduced stopping power during this break in period.....
Brakes are pretty simple if you are mechanically inclined. If any of this is daunting, take it to a professional!